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Topics:
  • Home useTipps and tricks for the installation and use of granite and marble stone at home.
  • Stone professionalNatural stone for professional builders and designers, from architecture to facade building and the installation of marble and granite flooring.
  • Quary and ProductionInformation for natural stone companies, quarying of granite and marble, cutting of slabs and tiles, with information on machinery and current trends.
  • MiscOther natural stone related events that do not fit into any of the above topics.
  • Graniteland HelpHow to use Graniteland, explains how to find quickly the right natural stone. And for stone companies, how to present your company online.

Natural Stone Magazine

The Graniteland Natural Stone Magazine has advice on granite and marble for consumers, as well as background information about the natural stone industry. Currently there are 38 articles available on granite and marble related topics.

Home use

Is Granite radioactive?

A popular myth about granite is its (possible) radioactivity. Let's take a closer look at this matter and find out about the radioactivity of granite and other natural stones.

Misc

A new Stonehenge for the New Millennium

Although it is now mostly in ruins, the unique design and mysterious presence of Stonehenge continues to draw nearly one million visitors each year. They marvel at its grandeur and wish they could have watched it being built and seen it when it was new.

Misc

Secrets of the Preseli Bluestones

For centuries, Stonehenge has fascinated the peoples of the world and even today, with all our modern wonders, it receives almost a million visitors per year who travel to Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England just to spend some time basking in its magic.

Stone professional

Criteria to consider to choose a natural stone supplier

The process of natural stone and the “make or buy” in the large production areas of Massa Carrara and Verona (Italy).

Quary and Production

First orbicular granite quarry opened in Finland

The worldwide first quarry of an orbicular granite with spheres diametres ranging from 15 to 18 cm was recently opened in Finland by a netural stone company.

Home use

Is there only granite and marble?

At shops for natural stone, they often seem to sell only two kinds of natural stones – granite and marble. However, the marble tiles for your living room, or the granite countertop for your kitchen may well be some other kind of natural stone.

Home use

Why is granite and marble so expensive?

Granite and marble is expensive, is an often heard assumption. While many years ago this statement was – for most of the materials – true, today it is far less the case.

Home use

Definitions of Thermal Properties of Natural Stone

This is a growing list of thermal properties of natural stones and related materials.

Home use

Definitions of Mechanical Properties of Natural Stone

This is a growing list of mechanical properties of natural stones and related materials.

Home use

Definitions of Chemical Properties of Natural Stone

This is a growing list of chemical properties of natural stones and related materials.

Quary and Production

Quarry Equipment — General considerations

The main quarrying methods are drilling and diamond wire cutting. In many cases also chain cutting is used but only for marble or travertine.

Home use

Natural Stone and Adhesives

What kind of adhesive has which characteristics? Which characteristics of the adhesive are relevant for my gluing?

Quary and Production

Gang Saw versus Diamond Wire Saw

The gang-saw is more suitable for mass production of thin slabs. In fact, normally there have to be used two (or four, or eight) machines in order to guarantee a continuous material output to the polishing line.

Stone professional

System-built: natural stone ventilated rainscreen cladding

System technology for large-size natural stone panels

Stone professional

Spaceship Earth

Memorial for David Brower, Azul do Mar, Kennesaw

Home use

What is Igneous Rock?

Igneous rocks are formed when molten rock (magma) cools and solidifies, with or without crystallization, either below the surface as intrusive (plutonic) rocks or on the surface as extrusive (volcanic) rocks. This magma can be derived from either the Earth

Home use

What is Granite?

Granite is a common and widely-occurring group of intrusive felsic igneous rocks that form at great depths and pressures under continents. Granite consists of orthoclase and plagioclase feldspars, quartz, hornblende, biotite, muscovite and minor accessory

Home use

What is Limestone?

Limestone is a sedimentary rock composed of the mineral calcite (calcium carbonate). The primary source of this calcite is usually marine organisms. These organisms secrete shells that settle out of the water column and are deposited on ocean floors as pel

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What is Sandstone?

Sandstone is an arenaceous sedimentary rock composed mainly of feldspar and quartz and varies in colour (in a similar way to sand), through grey, yellow, red, and white. Since sandstones often form highly visible cliffs and other rock formations, certain c

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What is Gneiss?

Gneiss is a common and widely distributed type of rock formed by high grade regional metamorphic processes from preexisting formations that were originally either igneous or sedimentary rocks. Gneissic rocks are coarsely laminated and largely recrystallize

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What is Basalt?

Basalt is an extrusive igneous rock, sometimes porphyritic, and is often both fine-grained and dense. Basalt in the tops of subaerial lava flows and cinders will often be highly vesiculated, imparting a lightweight "frothy" texture to the rock. The term ba

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What is Tuff?

Tuff (from the Italian "tufo" and pronounced "toof") is a type of rock consisting of consolidated volcanic ash ejected from vents during a volcanic eruption. The products of a volcanic eruption are (a) volcanic gases, (b) magmas, and (c) steam from water h

Home use

What is Slate?

Slate is a fine-grained homogeneous sedimentary rock composed of clay or volcanic ash which has been metamorphosed (foliated) in layers (bedded deposits). Slate can be made into roofing shingles ('roofing slates' in the UK) because it has two lines of brea

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What is Quartzite?

Quartzite is a hard, metamorphic rock which was originally sandstone. Through heating and pressure usually related to tectonic compression within orogenic belts, the original quartz sand grains and quartz silica cement were fused into one. Pure quartzite i

Home use

What is Travertine?

Travertine is a white concretionary form of calcium carbonate that is usually hard and semicrystalline. It is deposited from the water of mineral springs (especially hot springs) or streams holding lime in solution. Extensive deposits exist at Tivoli, Ital

Home use

Definition of sedimentary rock

Sedimentary rock is one of the three main rock groups (along with igneous and metamorphic rocks) and is formed in three main ways—by the deposition of the weathered remains of other rocks (known as clastic sedimentary rocks); by the deposition of the resul

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